Dan's Fan City was started in 1979, by Dan and his partner Georgia in Clearwater, Florida. On many trips from his native state of Michigan, he noted the growing interest in ceiling fans being used to help cool the home and combat the the energy crisis. The very first location in Clearwater, FL was opened the day after Thanksgiving and is still in operation. Within 4-months it became necessary to open a 2nd location in Seminole, FL which is also still in operation. Dan's Fan City continues to grow today and currently operates 44 corporate and dealer stores throughout a 7 state area as well as placement in select lighting showrooms through the country and internet sales shipping worldwide.
Initially, Dan's Fan City utilized existing ceiling fan suppliers such as Hunter, Casablanca, Emerson, Fasco, Encon, Gulf Coast Fans, Union Fan Company and Fanimation. Dan established a strong bond with Gulf Coast Fans, Inc. which was established in 1973 and was located in Safety Harbor, Florida right nearby the first location. Gulf Coast Fans was one of the first companies to supply ceiling fans to retailers in the United States with parts supplied from Taiwan and assembled & packaged in the US. In 1983, Dan's Fan City purchased Gulf Coast Fans, Inc. so that he could begin to give the customers a new experience in purchasing a ceiling fan allowing him to differentiate themselves from the new mass market retailers such as Home Depot & Lowes and to control quality. The idea of the ceiling fan in the box gave way to a new customer experience in which the customer now can choose the style/finish of the ceiling fan, then choose from a variety of blade options and then they can add lights & accessories if they choose.
Through the purchase of Gulf Coast Fans, Inc., Dan was able to establish partnerships with specific manufactures that saw his vision and still continue this relationship today. This allowed Dan to specify how ceiling fans are being built, utilizing larger motors, precision sealed bearings, die cast rotors and electrostatic paint process on the finish. This vision of building the best quality ceiling fan remains in effect today and allows us to provide the best warranties in the fan industry.
The continued growth of Dan's Fan City forced the company to invest in a state of the art warehouse and office that was completed in 1987 to keep pace with our growth. The vision of our founder is being carried out today by the second generation and continues to remain focused on offering the best quality with the largest selection of ceiling fans and accessories in the industry today.